says Uncle Sam to lift last bans on Kopassus troops
Australian February 21, 2018
Indonesia says the US has
undertaken to lift the remaining restrictions on engagement with Indonesia's
Kopassus special forces, ending a 19-year ban on the unit linked to civilian
killings and human rights abuses in West Papua, Aceh and East Timor.
identity politics on the rise ahead of 2018 and 2019 elections
Globe February 21, 2018
Indonesians would do well
to keep to their official national motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, or unity
in diversity, ahead of June's regional elections and next year's legislative
and presidential elections, one hundred prominent public leaders said in
a joint statement in Jakarta on Tuesday (20/02).
faithful wait for Rizieq airport, unsurprisingly another no show
Jakarta February 21, 2018
There had been talk that
the fugitive founder of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Rizieq Shihab,
would be flying back to Indonesia from his hiding place of Saudi Arabia
this morning since photos supposedly showing his return ticket to Jakarta
were posted online.
Rais demands president Jokowi to drop Rizieq Shihab case
February 20, 2018
The 212 alumni presidium
advisory council chairman Amien Rais urged President Joko Widodo (Jokowi)
to stop on what he claims the attempts to criminalize ulemas (Muslim scholar),
such as the pornography criminal case entangling Rizieq Shihab.
suspends infrastructure projects after string of accidents
February 20, 2018
Indonesia suspended on Tuesday
the construction of elevated infrastructure projects, including rail and
roads, after a series of accidents raised questions about the safety of
a government drive to upgrade transport networks.
foreign debt grows by 10 percent: BI
Post February 20, 2018
Bank Indonesia has said
Indonesian foreign debts in both the public and private sectors increased
by 10.1 percent year on year (yoy) to US$352.2 billion in the fourth quarter
anti-gay drive should concern all Asia
Asian Review February 19, 2018
Indonesia's growing moral
and political panic about sexuality has now produced draft laws that could
criminalize sex outside marriage, and same-sex conduct.
Indonesia web system blocks more than 70,000 'negative' sites
February 19, 2018
Indonesia has blocked more
than 70,000 websites displaying "negative" content such as pornography
or extremist ideology in the first month of using a new system to help
purge the internet of harmful material, the communications minister told
president Suharto's son among new contenders for 2019 Indonesian elections
News Asia February 19, 2018
Indonesia's General Elections
Commission (KPU) on Saturday (Feb 17) declared that 14 political parties
will participate in next year's legislative and presidential elections,
with the addition of four new contenders.
military craves more power
Times February 19, 2018
To the consternation of
pro-democracy activists and those with grim memories of ex-president Suharto's
authoritarian rule, Joko Widodo's government continues to mull over legislation
that would give the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) a wider counterterrorism
leader: Rizieq should learn from 'noble' Ahok and face the law
Jakarta February 19, 2018
Since he became a fugitive
from Indonesian justice 10 months ago after being named a suspect in a
high-profile pornography case, every few months there have been announcements
that Rizieq Shihab, the founder of the FPI, would leave his hiding place
of Saudi Arabia and return to Jakarta in the near future.
not yet ready for the automated era
Globe February 19, 2018
The government must prepare
Indonesia's workforce to be competitive to anticipate future challenges
associated with coming technological advancements, especially in business,
a former deputy foreign minister said on Sunday (18/02).
helps finance Melanesian Spearhead Group secretariat
New Zealand International February 19, 2018
Indonesia's government has
been helping fund the Melanesian Spearhead Group's secretariat. The secretariat,
based in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila, has experienced funding limitations
in recent years.
activists plan more protests ahead of coup anniversary in May
February 18, 2018
A group of pro-democracy
activists in Thailand said on Saturday (17/02) that it plans to hold more
public protests, despite threat of arrests, to demand the military government
not to delay a general election scheduled for November this year.
mar Indonesia's fast-and-furious infrastructure program
Asian Review February 18, 2018
A string of accidents is
threatening to undermine Indonesian President Joko Widodo's signature infrastructure
Papua one step closer to MSG membership, says Wenda
Pacific Report February 17, 2018
West Papua's application
to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group has gained traction,
with MSG leaders referring the United Liberation Movement for West Papua
(ULMWP) request to the MSG Secretariat for deliberation.
supports BNN to perform urine drug test on all celebrities
February 17, 2018
The House of Representatives
Commission III member Ahmad Sahroni demanded National Narcotics Agency
(BNN) to take a proactive measure by getting all celebrities in Indonesia
tested for drugs in the event of high cases of celebrities arrested for
drugs early this year.
San Suu Kyi 'complicit' in Rohingya slaughter: UN investigator
Morning Herald February 17, 2018
The United Nations investigator
of human rights in Myanmar has accused Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi
of "complicity" in the slaughter of Rohingya Muslims, an event which has
the "hallmarks of genocide".
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